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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Friday, June 28, 2013
SI.com's Grant Wahl tells the story of Nick Pugliese, the only American playing professional soccer in Afghanistan. A year ago, Pugliese graduated from Williams, where he had been captain of the school's soccer team. In the year since, he took a job with a telecom company in Kabul only to ... Read the whole story
Spain's government is pushing for a new law that will centralize the way television rights are sold to Spanish soccer teams. Currently, each team negotiates television deals individually, with the net result being that Real Madrid and Barcelona make more than twice as much in TV revenues than even Atletico ... Read the whole story
U.S. international Danny Williams on Wednesday completed a $2.6 million move from Hoffenheim to Reading, which was relegated to the Championship from the English Premier League last season. The 24-year-old made 21 Bundesliga appearances for Hoffenheim last season. Read the whole story
Italy was left crestfallen after losing to world champion Spain on penalties in the Confederations Cup Semifinal on Thursday. The Azzurri had the better of the play for long periods of the 120-minute game, but neither side managed to score and Spain eventually squeaked by 7-6 on penalties. Read the whole story
Manchester United was told to significantly increase its offer for Everton defender Leighton Baines, after the Liverpool club rejected a $22.75 million bid. Baines, 28, has two years left on his Everton contract. The Guardian report also claims that United manager David Moyes is also interested in Everton's Marouane Fellaini. Read the whole story
Barcelona is planning to hold last-ditch talks with Thiago Alcantara to try and persuade the Spanish midfielder to turn down a move to Manchester United, although the Daily Mail claims that the parties have already agreed personal terms of nearly $8.5 million per year. The transfer is said to be ... Read the whole story
Manchester United's new coach David Moyes begins work on Monday and the Daily Star reports that the English champion will spend next week trying to lure Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford. However, if the move for the 28-year-old falls apart, the report claims that United will turn ... Read the whole story
Chelsea on Thursday had a $7.6 million bid for Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy turned down. With Petr Cech approaching 30, Coach Jose Mourinho is keen to bolster his stable of goalkeepers, although Norwich said the London club would have to nearly double its offer to take one of its biggest ... Read the whole story


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